Let’s Play Ball!

Volunteer Delegate Ashley Stenerson reads a Dr Seuss book to kids.

NEA’s Read Across America teamed up with the Washington Nationals to “get into the game of reading” and kick off summer reading to local students and parents, as well as visiting educators, who are in town for NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA).

Stephanie Kandel and her mom Kate listen to a story at the Read Across America event
Stephanie Kandel, age 3, and her mom Kate enjoy storytime at the NEA’s Read Across America booth. RA Today/Calvin Knight

NEA hosted a Seuss-tastical Reading Lounge at Saturday and Sunday’s games for fans and their families to enjoy a variety of tried and tested children’s books! The Reading Lounge welcomed approximately 5,000 families, some who participated in story time while others struck a pose with Dr. Seuss’s beloved Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2.

“I always loved Thing 1 and Thing 2, and I love Dr. Seuss. I think it’s amazing that NEA sponsored this [booth] because my mom is a teacher,” says A.J. O’Neill, 8.

 

Alexis Reid and her daughter Ja`via Shorter pose with The Cat in the Hat
Alexis Reid and her daughter Ja`via Shorter age 1, pose with Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat during the NEA Read Across America event at Nationals Stadium in Washington DC. July 2nd 2016. RA Today/ Calvin Knight

Fireworks Come Early

Sunday’s game featured NEA’s very own Lily Eskelsen García, who welcomed educators, parents, kids, and community alike to the nation’s capital and on the eve of the Association’s RA.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia sings the National Anthem at Nationals Park
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia sings the National Anthem at Nationals Park on July 3. Photo courtesy of Schaloyn Garrett.

Eskelsen García gave a heart-warming rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, a fitting tribute to America’s educators, some of the most patriotic people the nation has seen–patriotism that’s on full display at the RA when they don red, white, and blue sparkling lights, hats, or attire on July 4.

If you missed the game you can still visit the Read Across America booth at the Washington Convention Center. Don’t forget to check out NEA’s Action Center, too!

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García reads to young reading and baseball fans
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García reads to young reading and baseball fans at Nationals Park on July 3. RA Today/Calvin Knight